During the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Black-owned businesses struggled to remain open. Fortunately for some business owners, they were not only able to remain open but also to thrive.
While many Black-owned businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ronnie took a leap of faith and launched a new business. The store has left its Angus Road location, and Ronnie recently celebrated its grand opening in the shops at Stonefield.
On Valentine’s Day 2020, Cheryl left her job in social work to focus on her business. JBird Café opened in March 2020 and shut down five weeks later due to the pandemic. Cheryl pulled from her pension to cover minimal costs at the start of the quarantine.
In late May Netflix released a limited series entitled High on the Hog. The series explores African American culinary history and its influence on modern day food. As the docuseries gained popularity, Charlottesville area residents were surprised to see a familiar face: Niya Bates. Bates, who worked at Monticello as the Director of African American […]
Sunday afternoon, Charlottesville residents young and old took to the sidelines as 10 teams battled it out on the Tonsler Park basketball court. Those Sunday games have been a Charlottesville summer staple for eleven years, since Damien Banks founded the Banks Collage Basketball Association in 2010. Players and supporters alike are so committed, they come from […]
On a warm Wednesday afternoon, under the shade of an old oak tree, the sound of percussion can be heard across the hilltop in Washington Park. Lillie Williams, an African dance instructor with 20 years of experience, sits patiently with drummer William Whitten on a nearby bench as members of her Chihamba class arrive. Chihamba, […]
With the June 8 primaries just around the corner, many Virginians will find themselves turning to their local and statewide newspapers for insights on their choice of candidates. While local newspapers serve as communal resources, the amount of local outlets has shrunk in recent years. As the concern grows, people are taking action — from […]
Over the past year, University of Virginia graduate Destinee Wright has been hard at work finalizing the Charlottesville Black Business Directory. When Destinee began her passion project in 2018, she recognized a need to connect Black business owners to the local community. “It started as a Facebook post,” Destinee shared. “Where are the Black businesses? […]
Despite Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement that lifts mask requirements in indoor spaces, some Charlottesville-area businesses say it still might be a while before they allow people to enter without face coverings. The announcement comes on the heels of new guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that vaccinated people no longer need to […]
*This is a developing story and this page will be updated frequently Following a May 7 cybersecurity attack on Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline that prompted the company to shut off its service, several states, including Virginia, experienced a fuel shortage. The pipeline, which runs from eastern Texas up and over into New Jersey is a major […]